DCI and the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau are looking for media interested in experiencing the charm of Rockford, IL first-hand on an individual media visit. Hosting is contingent upon appropriate coverage in suitable media outlets.
The destination’s unsuspecting, cultural, culinary and outdoors spaces make it a fun, noteworthy destination for those looking for a truly off-the-beaten-path travel experience. Located 90 miles west of Chicago, the Rust Belt city has tons to offer visitors this summer from museums, gardens and parks, to Illinois’ oldest brewery and a revitalized downtown. Here are a few gems you can experience this summer in Rockford:
Historic Attractions Rockford’s Historic Auto Attractions Museum houses more than just historical vehicles – in addition to having the largest JFK memorabilia collection anywhere, the museum holds thousands of historical artifacts and iconic TV memorabilia ranging from vehicles that belonged to presidents Truman, Roosevelt and Kennedy, to National Lampoon’s Vacation Family Truckster, as well as garments worn by Bonnie and Clyde, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Elvis Presley.
Outdoor Adventures Outdoor and culture enthusiasts will appreciate Anderson Japanese Garden, a 12-acre sanctuary that originally started as the privately-owned backyard garden. Inspired by calm and tranquility, the award-winning garden is comprised of koi-filled ponds, winding paths, gentle streams and more. Those looking for more of an outdoor adventure can turn to either West Rock Wake Park or Rock Cut State Park. Dubbed by early settlers as “Forest City,” Rockford boasts 10,000 acres of protected recreational land and 42 individual forests preserves offering outdoor enthusiasts’ ample opportunity for hiking, camping, fishing and kayaking.
Tasty Eats On the banks of the Rock River, the oldest brewery in Illinois is a sight to behold. Prairie Street Brewing Company’s seasonal menu includes classic dishes like burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads. Beattie Park across the river provides the perfect backdrop of colorful fall foliage to complement the meal with views through the open, spacious windows upstairs.
Capital House opened in early 2018 as downtown Rockford’s first hybrid restaurant/urban coffee house with the amenities of a full service restaurant, featuring innovative dishes based on the freshest seasonal ingredients available in the market. The restaurant serves steaks, seafood, pastas, breakfast sandwiches and homemade soups. It also has a coffee bar, sushi bar and a wine and martini bar.